Only Christ: Now What?

“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him.” (Colossians 2:6)

The idea in this verse is both simple and profound. In delivering to his readers – and us – what we need to know about Jesus, Paul answers the question we often ask: I’m a Christian; now what?

only_350At least, it’s the question we should be asking. Instead, I think a lot of us unconsciously think, “I’m a Christian. Now let me get on with my life.” Paul will tell us today and tomorrow that God intends that “getting on with your life” be just as much about Jesus as becoming a Christian was in the first place.

My pastor puts it this way: The wedding isn’t the end of the relationship; it’s only the first day. Becoming a Christian is the start of living in Christ, not just the end of our search for God. If your life isn’t all about growing in Christ, it’s not all it could be.

Think: Why do you think so many Christians see Jesus as the gate to eternal life but not the path through this one?

Pray: Ask God to help you to live in Christ just as you received him.

Do: Challenge one of your spiritual leaders to define what it means to “live in Christ” in 25 words or less.